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Lake Zurich Sunday, 11/25/12 Danielle Koch, 17, hugs Lauren Barry (Back to camera) 18, at Sunday's Visitation for Nicole Parfitt, 14, and her father, Todd Parfitt, at Antioch High School. Nicole, who was a freshman at the school, and her father died in a plane crash in Burlington Wisconsin on Nov. 18th. Koch is a member of the school's dance team. Barry is a member of Lakes High School's dance team. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 27, 2012 6:28AM

”Life’s too short, but while we are here, we might as well dance.”

Members of the north suburban Antioch High School dance team commemorated their teammate and classmate, Nicole Parfitt, with purple shirts with that phrase and a dance-team photo on them at her wake and visitation.

Nicole, 14, and her father Todd Parfitt, 50, both of Antioch, died in a plane crash on Sunday, Nov. 18. Hundreds of mourners from the community came to their wake and visitation held this past Sunday at Antioch High School.

“It’s a tragic loss. She was a very active freshman student. It’s just a tragedy for our school community and for our community,” said Jim McKay, superintendent of the school district that includes both Antioch and Lakes high schools.

He said he was proud of his school, staff and response team. Counselors, social workers and psychologists were put in place as the crisis team to meet with students last Monday, the day after the fatal crash occurred.

About 500 of the school’s 1,400 students sought grief supportive services, according to psychologist Christy Kasbohm.

“Overall, it’s been a really supportive environment. The students are helping each other out,” Kasbohm said.

Nicole’s circle of friends was “huge,” Kasbohm added.

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